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Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief (dancer and teacher; born January 24, 1925, Fairfax, Oklahoma-April 11, 2013) "A ballerina takes steps given to her and makes them her own. Each individual brings something different to the same role," Maria Tallchief once said. "As an American, I believe in great individualism. That's the way I was brought up." Tallchief has been both muse and instrument, both the inspiration and the living expression of the best our country has given the world.